The Secret to Beautiful Skin: Moisturize and Hydrate!

Achieving beautiful, healthy-looking skin is our mission at Joanna Young Skin. It’s common to deal with the appearance of dry, dull skin throughout the year, or think that signs of aging are inevitable. However, you can discover the appearance of radiant, healthy, younger-looking skin regardless of the season or your age! Our super moisturizers and hydrators in our Environ Focus Care Moisture+ range can help you achieve your skin care goals. Here’s what you need to know!

Super Hydration For Dry Skin
When we say “intensive hydrating” we really mean it. Use a serum that contains a high concentration of hyaluronic acid (HA) – a naturally-occurring known moisture magnet derived from plant extracts. Include it in your skin care routine, and your hydrated-looking skin will thank you with a visibly smoother, plumper and more resilient appearance.

Gentle Exfoliation 1-2 Times Per Week
It is important to include a mild exfoliating product at lease 1-2 time per week. Exfoliation can help revitalize the look of tired, aging or problematic skin. Use an alpha hydroxy acid, AHA, cream that contains a combination of fruit acids, to gently and naturally exfoliate the skin. You’ll be left with a moisturized and hydrated looking complexion and a radiant glow!

Moisturize Your Skin
You should thoroughly nourish and refresh your skin with a moisturizer. Look for a variety of dynamic moisturizers and emollients in one product which can enhance the effects of the function of your skin’s moisture barrier and improve the benefits of the natural moisture factors. It comforts and soothes the look of irritated skin, and can be used over your other products to help relieve the appearance of dry skin.

Try Super Moisturizer
This hydrating face cream can help you achieve the appearance of silky soft skin that looks truly revitalized and vibrant. The antioxidants in them are known to combat the effects of harmful environmental influences associated with visible signs of aging, such as sun damage and air pollution.

Finally, don’t forget your sunscreen!

Treating yourself to the appearance of healthier and more youthful-looking skin is as simple as giving us a call at (949)258-7711 today to learn more. Can’t wait to help you love the look of your skin!

The Best Skincare Routine for Oily Complexions

Follow these steps to keep shine at bay all day (and night) long.

If you’ve ever looked in the mirror only to see a shiny face staring back at you, you’re not alone—so many women and men struggle with oily skin. Luckily, there are plenty of expert-approved ways to care for this specific skin type. With that in mind, we tapped a few of the industry’s leading dermatologists to determine, once and for all, the best skincare routine for oily skin.

woman applying face mask

First, understand what constitutes an oily skin type.

It’s important to first understand what oily skin is. People have active or even over active oil glands (sebaceous glands). This production may cause you feel greasy or not having makeup stay on. The highest areas of oil production are in the T-zone, which is the forehead, chin, and…nose!

Understand that you need oil.

The thing about balanced oil glands is that they’re beneficial to the health and appearance of the skin. In addition to hydrating your complexion, oil production actually helps to remove dead skin cells and other irritants by pushing them out of the pores. However, when they are overactive, the pores expand and they experience a back-up of dead cells and sludge sticking to the walls of the pore, which is too heavy to be secreted.

Asses your skin.

If you’re still reading this, there’s a good chance that you know you have oily skin—or have a feeling that you might. If you see large, dilated pores, your skin is most likely oily. Another good trick is to wash your face and pat it dry, then assess your skin five to 10 minutes later without having applied any products. If your skin feels tight all over and you see flaking, your skin is dry. If it is perfectly comfortable, it is likely oily. The silver lining? Dermatologists claim research and real-life evidence show that people with oilier skin tend to develop fewer wrinkles over time, compared to those with complexions on the drier side.

Bookmark these ingredients.

The trick to managing oily skin is to know which ingredients combat shine—and which to avoid entirely. Exfoliating ingredients—think alpha hydroxy acids, like glycolic acid and lactic acid, and beta hydroxy acids, such as salicylic acid—work wonders to break up dead skin cells and built-up sebum, effectively cleansing pores to the core. Due to salicylic acid’s oil-loving properties, it penetrates oil glands more readily than alpha hydroxy acids. For those with more sensitive skin, micronized formulations of salicylic acid are equally as effective but less irritating.

In addition to exfoliating acids, embrace hydrating hyaluronic acid (it will help balance your skin’s oil production without clogging pores), oil-reducing niacinamide, and oil-absorbing clay, as well. And don’t forget about retinol. Among many other skincare benefits, retinol is the anti-aging holy grail in part because it builds collagen. Beyond helping to restore plump, more youthful-looking skin with fewer fine lines, retinol firms the skin and inadvertently tightens pores, resulting in less oil production and emission.”

As for the ingredients to steer clear of? Stay away from heavy oils that contain saturated fats, like avocado, coconut, and olive, as they tend to clog pores and may lead to breakouts and even more oil production. Also a good idea to nix alcohol from your routine because, although it’s marketed to remove excess oil, it actually dries out skin and prompts even more oil production.

Develop a routine—beginning with a workhorse cleanser.

Getting oily skin under control starts with an oil-free, non-comedogenic cleanser. More specifically, look for one formulated with exfoliating salicylic acid or, if your skin is on the more reactive side, glycolic acid (which is gentler). The Sorella Orange You Jelly Cleanser or Environ Sebu Cleanser would be your go to. This type of cleanser will help unclog pores while working to balance oil production. If your skin is easily irritated, you may need to slowly work an exfoliating cleanser into your routine, substituting it with a gentle cleanser every other day.

Treat your skin with an antioxidant-rich serum.

Antioxidants (like THD vitamin C) are a must because they not only repair damage caused by the sun, but they also minimize the hyperpigmentation that acne (which often accompanies oily skin) leaves behind; they’re best absorbed in serum form. What’s more, they can help diminish sebum production if used regularly. Scoop up Sorella’s Pomegranate Acai Antioxidant Serum ($64) if you’re looking to work this active into your regimen. As for an antioxidant to avoid entirely? Vitamin E as it can cause breakouts for those with oily skin.

Apply moisturizer.

You don’t want to encourage the greasy nature of your skin, so opt for a light, oil-free moisturizer, like Environ’s Hydroxy Acid Sebu-Lac Lotion ($46). Avoid heavy creams and, as with cleansers, look for products that are non-comedogenic and oil-free. Also recommend looking for moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid to mitigate any dehydration from potent actives, which can trigger excess oil production.

Finish with SPF during the day and retinol at night.

No matter the weather—and regardless of whether or not you are headed outdoors—it’s important to establish the habit of applying an SPF of 30 or higher each and every day. We recommend physical sunscreens, meaning those containing minerals like titanium and zinc, over chemical sunscreens, as they tend to be less irritating and are less likely to induce acne. Look for oil-free and non-comedogenic formulations, like Sorella’s Tropical Topical Matte SPF 30 ($46). At night, swap SPF for retinol or a retinoid and keep the rest of your routine the same.

Incorporate an exfoliant twice a week.

We recommend incorporating hydroxy acids in a more concentrated form twice weekly. Remember, over-exfoliating is not the key.

Don’t forget to mask.

Adding in a clay mask once weekly also helps to decongest pores and reduce acne.

5 Ways to Reduce Cellulite Naturally

Cellulite is known to be one of the top beauty problems among not only adult but younger women as well.

We’ve created a list of the best natural ways to reduce it and make it less visible. Combine or choose those that best suit your needs.

1. Keep Active

As we lead mostly a sedentary life, those who aren’t moving most of the day, have no chance of escaping a cellulite problem. To fix this, include long-distance walks, fitness, and physical activities into your daily routine.

2. Wear comfortable natural fabric

Restrictive and tight clothing or underwear can reduce your blood circulation. As a result, you’ve a high chance of cellulite appearing. Instead, get into the habit of choosing relaxed, fitted clothing and natural fabric materials.

3. Eat a healthy food

Staying hydrated, eating a well balanced, plant-based diet won’t get rid of the cellulite problem, but will reduce the risk of getting even more by keeping your weight at a healthy level.

4. Drink more green tea

Green tea is known to have antioxidant properties that promote fat burning in our body. To get this amazing effect, try choosing a cup of green tea over a cup of coffee.

5. Get a massage

Actually, this point is the most enjoyable because you can combine the useful with the pleasant. While promoting deep relaxation and muscle tension reduction, it increases circulation and helps to break. You can also do Lymphatic Drainage to remove the toxins in your body.

The True Meaning Behind Your Pimples

Your acne and pimples can give you a lot of precious clues about your health. Sometimes it signals serious changes your organism is undergoing right now. To discover the true meaning of your pimples, you need to know how to read them.

Forehead
If you spot pimples on your forehead, be sure that your digestive system is trying to tell you something. In most cases, this indicates that you are definitely not okay with certain products.

Reconsider your diet and foods that may cause hard times for your health. Drink more water, eat green veggies, and get a quality night’s sleep.

Chin
Your hormones are awake! In other words, your period is coming. To make them a little bit less obvious (or even to avoid a pimple attack), try to pay extra attention to skincare routine during those pre-period days. (We have a great solution for you to spot treat by Environ skincare) 

Between Eyebrows
If you consumed too much alcohol or ate a juicy burger, brace yourself for unpleasant guests between eyebrows.

You just need a little detox. Get your diet in order and avoid unhealthy fast foods like fries, nuggets, etc.

Cheeks
Pimples located on your cheeks tell you to cut down on sugars. If you can’t do without the sweets, do it step by step or try to replace them with fresh or dried fruits. Sugars are bad not only for your skin. They affect almost every system in your body. Increased amounts of sugars can lead to heart disease and diabetes too.

Here our top recommendations for Acne Related Skincare

Anti-Aging Skincare Tips

Use More Sensitive Skin Cleanser
Over the years, skin tends to lose its natural oils. It becomes drier and more sensitive so tell me why you are still using that aggressive anti-acne wash you saw from TikTok? If you are over 30, pick something gentle for cleansing and avoid ingredients that could be drying! Try our Sorella Milk Cleanser for a more hydrating experience.

Pay Attention to Your Diet
This rule applies to any age, actually. Still, things get more serious as the years pass by. Avoid alcohol as it dehydrates your skin. Foods high in sugars can do even worse: they make you look older. Instead, choose more protein, eat products rich in vitamin C, and consume more fatty acids like oils and avocado. Read our blog on our top foods!

Don’t Forget About SPF
SPF should always be applied at any age! The younger the better and its never too late to start wearing it. If you were using alcohol-containing SPF creams, switch to more moisturizing sunscreen products that contain antioxidants. And keep in mind, that good sun protection should be SPF 30 and above. The Sorella Quench & Protect is hydrating and contains SPF 30 if thats not a perfect match show me a better one!

Exfoliate
We all have dead cells on our faces! They are not replaced by new skin as quickly as you may think. To speed up this process, it’s necessary to exfoliate. Still, keep in mind that harsh methods are no good here. Focus on chemical quality exfoliants and use cosmetics with AHA/BHA.

Moisturize
The years make our skin dry out and living in California does not help…one day its pouring rain and the next day we are in a heat wave! This is when wrinkles step in. To ensure they appear as late as possible, you should fall in love with hydration. Avoid anything that can cause water-loss and choose moisturizers rich in hyaluronic acid as it is great at preventing water from evaporating. Call us for recommendations but check out what we have available and draw questions from there.

Get Facials
Getting monthly or bi-monthly facials help to get a deep clean and really treat concerns but your skincare professional cant do it alone! you should follow the tips above and follow the home care they have assigned for you to do! Book your next facial with Joanna Young Skin!

Reasons We LOVE Environ Skin Care, it has essential vitamins our skin needs!

Essential Vitamins and Minerals for Your Skin

Alongside a healthy skincare routine, paying attention to what you eat can have a significant impact on how your skin looks and feels. These are five of the most essential nutrients you need to include in your diet for better skin.

Vitamin A
This fat-soluble vitamin is found in meat, fish, and dairy products, such as liver, salmon, and goat cheese. The body can also convert carotenoids from plant-based foods (sweet potatoes, kale, carrots, etc.) to vitamin A. This vitamin helps with cell repair and aids the skin in repairing itself from everyday wear and tear.

Vitamin C
You might think orange juice is top of the list for vitamin C, but you’d be surprised. Vitamin C can be found in lots of fruits and vegetables, including rose hips, blackcurrants, thyme, kale, and broccoli. This essential nutrient aids the skin’s natural collagen production, which contributes to keeping signs of aging at bay.

Vitamin E
Found in a variety of foods, including sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts, avocado, mango, Atlantic salmon, and more. Vitamin E is an essential ingredient you can’t miss. It is an antioxidant and helps protect your cells, including your skin cells, meaning you may be less likely to experience fine lines and wrinkles.

Biotin
Otherwise known as vitamin B7, biotin is found in liver, egg yolk, nuts and seeds, dairy, and avocados. It’s a commonly used supplement for skin, hair, and nails, and contributes to helping your skin look healthy.

Zinc
This essential nutrient is essential to maintaining many of the body’s natural processes, but it’s also great for your skin too as it aids skin repair. You can find zinc in legumes, meat, seeds, eggs, and dark chocolate.

How to Soothe Sensitive Skin DIY

First of all, let’s define – what is sensitive skin?

If you regularly suffer from acne, rosacea, allergies, eczema, stinging and burning, then you have sensitive skin. Occasional redness, tightening after using beauty products, and rashes as a reaction to stress, can also be indicators that your skin needs extra treatment.

Here are some natural ways to help your skin suffer less.

Forget About Soap

  • Yes, you better do this one.
  • Most soaps are super drying and are able to turn your skin into a desert with no sign of hydration to be found.
  • Choose soap-free products and cleansers that contain oils and other nourishing components.

Beware Hot Water

  • Lukewarm water is your friend.
  • Hot water causes dryness, dehydration and deprives your skin of its natural oils.
  • Long and hot showers are extremely pleasant, but they are hardly better than smooth healthy skin, right?

Take Care Properly

  • Avoid aggressive scrubs and choose tender exfoliation.
  • Also, forget about brushes in your everyday skin cleansing routine.

Increase Protection

  • Sun is the ultimate enemy for sensitive skin.
  • It severely aggravates  any inflammation you may have.
  • Use mineral sunscreens, choose at least SPF 30 and remember to take care of your hands and neck during sunny weather as well.

Reduce the Number of Products You Use

  • Give your skin a bit of fresh air.
  • Forget about adding more and more layers (foundation, powder, etc.).
  • Instead, cut back on heavy makeup and your skin will be grateful.
  • If this sounds crazy to you now, just try to do it step by step and remove products gradually.

Tone, Tone, Tone!

Does your skin really need a toner?

Most of us are well aware of the “cleansing, toning, moisturizing” formula. But is the second step really necessary? What is it for, anyway?

First of all, toner is designed to remove what’s left on your skin after cleansing, be it makeup leftovers, dirt, etc. Aside from that, toner has lots of other advantages and benefits, making it too important to exclude toning from your daily skincare routine. Let’s take a closer look at what they are. 

Balancing pH level
In other words, toner prepares your skin for absorbing moisturizing cream, serum or fluid. It helps the substance get inside those pores and do its job. If you skip toner, you probably have to wait a little time till your cream is fully absorbed.

Exfoliating
Toners that contain exfoliating components (glycolic acids, etc) are great at helping your skin renew itself faster and wipe off the dead skin cells.

Rejuvenating
Some toners contribute to your skin’s elasticity and slow the aging process. If this is your case, choose toners with hyaluronic acid along with moisturizing and anti-aging creams.Refreshing When you feel that your skin is dirty or oily, just use toner to refresh it. If you are on the go on a hot day and your face needs immediate hydration, toner is there to help.

The bottom line?
It’s hard to say that toner works alone as an autonomous beauty product. It’s more like a supportive weapon. Using a toner won’t change your skin, far from it. What it will do is to strengthen the effect of the other beauty products you apply.

Shop today or book your next skincare consultation!

The Truth About Skin Scrubbers

The process of face scrubbing helps to remove our dead skin cells in the top dead layer of our skin. It signals to the living cells below it to speed up the maturing process a little. As a result, we deliver a boost to our younger, healthier cells, telling them to move up and that creates a rejuvenating effect.

Have oily, acne-prone or thicker skin?

Exfoliation may be a must-do beauty care step because these types of skin could need a little extra exfoliation than normal. If you decide to try using face or body scrubbers, start with a gentle scrub, loofah, or a washcloth. Here at Joanna Young Skin offer ZOE Bliss devices. Their latest Sonic Beauty Device cleanses, massages, and applies skincare for optimum short and long-term results. With an innovative design and revolutionary Transdermal Sonic Technology, ZOE Bliss delivers 7000 micro-
pulsations per minute to cleanse, exfoliate, massage, maximize skin care product penetration and absorption on a cellular level. This helps to reduce
signs of aging and to reinvigorate the glow to your skin.

Have normal or combination skin?

The right amount of time for all skin types can vary between once or twice a week, but there are no two exact skin types…DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU. Try once a week to start then move up to two times a week.

Word of Caution

Exfoliation is not as harmless for our skin as it might look. Too much scrubbing can lead to irritation and even puffiness. To prevent inflammation, choose a way that meets your skin type and needs.

Oops I over-exfoliated… now what?

Tried a new exfoliation tool or used a chemical exfoliator with a tool? We have products that will help soothe the skin and restore the barrier.

How to Tell If Your Skin Is Dehydrated

If your skin is looking lackluster, dull, or looking less than great, you might be wondering, am I dehydrated?

  • Here are some signs of dehydration that you should look for on your skin:
    • Your skin may be dull, may look paler than usual.
    • You’ll see dark circles under your eyes like you’re tired.
    • Your face will have more contours than usual and not in a good way.
    • You may see sunken eyes and cheeks.
    • Fine lines or wrinkles may appear or increase.

You may also experience other symptoms in the rest of your body. These can include tiredness, weakness, dry mouth, and your pee will be darker in color than usual. If you have any of these, you may be dehydrated.

Aside from that, there is one very simple test you can carry out at home to check your hydration.

  • Here’s how:
    1. On the back of your hand, pinch your skin between your finger and your thumb.
    2. Now let go and watch how long it takes for the skin to return to its usual shape.
      • If it takes more than 1-2 seconds, you may be dehydrated.

If you are dehydrated, it’s time to make sure you increase your water intake. Aim to drink around eight glasses of water today to maintain a healthy water balance for your body.